Roman Monarchy and the Renaissance Prince

Roman Monarchy and the Renaissance Prince

by Peter Stacey

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Roman Monarchy and the Renaissance Prince by Peter Stacey

Beginning with a sustained analysis of Seneca's theory of monarchy in the treatise De clementia, in this text Peter Stacey traces the formative impact of ancient Roman political philosophy upon medieval and Renaissance thinking about princely government on the Italian peninsula from the time of Frederick II to the early modern period. Roman Monarchy and the Renaissance Prince offers a systematic reconstruction of the pre-humanist and humanist history of the genre of political reflection known as the mirror-for-princes tradition - a tradition which, as Stacey shows, is indebted to Seneca's speculum above all other classical accounts of the virtuous prince - and culminates with a comprehensive and controversial reading of the greatest work of renaissance political theory, Machiavelli's The Prince. Peter Stacey brings to light a story which has been lost from view in recent accounts of the Renaissance debt to classical antiquity, providing a radically revisionist account of the history of the Renaissance prince.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521205382
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 03/03/2011
Series: Ideas in Context Series , #79
Edition description: Reissue
Pages: 360
Product dimensions: 5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Peter Stacey is Lecturer in History at the University of Cambridge and a Fellow of Sidney Sussex College.

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